8 Best Budget Gaming Chairs Under $200 (Oct 2018 Edition)

There’s an old saying: “You’re either in your bed or in your shoes, so it pays to invest in both.” Most gamers would probably add an ergonomic chair to that list. In the modern world where so many people sit for hours gaming on a computer, spending $200 or so on a quality gaming chair that will keep you comfortable and without aches for long hours makes all the sense in the world.

At the $200 level, you can expect great gaming chairs that come with some unique features that can really minimize common ailments associated with gaming for too long. This includes back pain, nick stiffness, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dedicated lumbar and neck pillows, bucket seats, height adjustable armrests and even some chairs with dedicated footrests can be found in gaming chairs at this price level.

In this guide we handpick the very best budget gaming chairs under $200 so you can finally game in comfort and in better health, all the while without leaving a hole in your wallet.

1. GTRACING Gaming Office Chair– Best Overall Gaming Chair Under $200

GTRACING Gaming Office Chair ReviewThe GTRACING Gaming Chair is a boldly styled chair with ergonomic comfort and an impressive recline. Whether you work on your computer or use it mainly for gaming, this chair can keep you comfortable and in good posture for hours. While it may be a bit too flashy for an office setting, this GTRACING chair is perfect for your desk at home.

One of the first things to look for in an ergonomic gaming chair is how it will treat your back. In addition to the winged curve of most racing-style chairs, the GTRACING Gaming Chair has adjustable pillows for neck support and lumbar support, which means you can sit back comfortably without worrying about future back pain or bad posture. One user said that this gaming chair was more comfortable than any office chair he had used before.

In addition to feeling great, this chair looks awesome as well. A striking two-color palette draws the eye, and even the wheels have a sharp look. Many people like to match the look of their chair with their computer, so if you have a boldly-colored battlestation, this could be the gaming chair for you. Several users of this chair mention the coloring on this chair as a big plus.

Finally, the GTRACING Gaming Chair has an above-average level of adjustability, especially among other gaming chairs in the $200 range. One disabled owner of this chair commented that this chair’s adjustment options perfectly met their needs. The back reclines up to 170°, so you can practically lie down in this chair if you want (perhaps detach the lumbar pillow first, though). The high recline of the backrest makes this gaming chair a solid option for any sort of work or relaxation that involves sitting.

All in all, the GTRACING Gaming Chair is one of the most well rounded gaming chairs in the $200 range, with adjustability both for comfort and utility. If you’re looking for a chair that has these features and a keen look to boot, this is a solid best.

Pros:

  • Good lumbar support for decreased back pain
  • Great adjustability, including a 170° backrest recline and height adjustable armrests
  • Eye-catching style with 4 color schemes to choose from

Cons:

  • Might be too colorful for office use
  • Seat cushion compresses easily

2. RESPAWN-110 Racing Style Chair– Best Gaming Chair with Footrest

RESPAWN-110 Gaming Chair ReviewThe RESPAWN-110 Gaming Chair comes at a slightly higher price than the GTRACING Gaming Chair, but it also offers the next level of comfort and a documented commitment to lifelong customer support at a budget price tag.

Instead of the minimal plastic armrests featured by most gaming chairs, the RESPAWN-110 chair has longer, fully padded armrests that give the chair a more substantial look and feel in addition to keeping your elbows comfortable. Users report being impressed with the way the armrests shift back as the chair reclines so that they are conveniently usable no matter what position you use the chair in.

With your arms getting all this rest, your legs may begin to feel left out; to remedy that, RESPAWN’s Gaming Chair has an extendable footrest so that you can be fully relaxed. Users say that it slides out easily, and while it can’t support a lot of weight, it can hold up your feet just fine.

One of the biggest worries when buying inexpensive gaming chairs is that they will begin to break down after a few years of use. With the RESPAWN-110 Gaming Chair, you can rest easy on that front because each chair comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Many reviewers confirm that they received replacement chairs or parts from RESPAWN when issues appeared in their original orders.

Finally, it should be noted that different people have different preferences as far as firmness of cushioning is concerned. Several users reported that the padding of this gaming chair was stiffer than they would like, so if you want a chair that is extra soft and plushy, you might want to look at a few other options.

Overall, the RESPAWN-110 Gaming Chair is on the high end of this list with great cushioning and a warranty-supported lifespan, but be aware of where the seat falls on the firmness spectrum.

Pros:

  • Padded armrests that extend to the back of the chair
  • Extendable footrest to elevate pained feet
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty in case of breakdown or dysfunction

Cons:

  • Higher price than many other budget chairs on this list
  • Stiff padding may deter those who prefer soft chairs

3. Killbee Large Gaming Chair– Best Gaming Chair for Tall Players

Killbee Large Gaming Chair ReviewThe Killbee Gaming Chair has a futuristic look and is specially designed for larger users with features such as an extra-wide seat and a ventilated back. If you find that most gaming seats you try are too small, it’s definitely worth giving this one a look.

This chair has a weight capacity of 330 pounds and the seat is 21.6 inches wide with gentle wings to hold you in place as your body shifts from left to right while fighting your way out of a war zone. The seat’s padding is high-density foam to resist undue compression. Despite the official weight capacity, even users over 350 and 400 pounds report using this chair comfortably and without issue.

In addition to being wide, the Killbee Gaming Chair is also tall: the back alone is 31.8 inches tall, and the chair as a whole measures up to 50.3 inches high–that’s as tall as some people are! Many users of this chair are over 6 feet tall and report being happy to finally find a chair that fits them.

Most gaming chairs have polyurethane upholstery instead of mesh for its greater comfort factor, but a downside of this, especially for larger users, is the way it traps heat and promotes sweating. The Killbee Gaming Chair aims to get the best of both worlds with a vented back that lets air through without sacrificing the cushioning of polyurethane-covered padding.

One downside of this chair is that, while it has a similar ergonomic design to other chairs in its class, it lacks dedicated lumbar and neck pillows. It’s always possible, of course, to supply your own pillows, but since most of the other chairs under $200 on this list do come with adjustable pillows, it’s worth factoring this into your decision.

To sum up, the Killbee Large Gaming Chair is a great option for anyone who is taller or heavier than average; its large frame and special venting are designed to keep large people comfortable in a way many smaller chairs cannot.

Pros:

  • 21.6” wide seat to fit larger gamers
  • Tall back to accommodate taller gamers
  • Good ventilation

Cons:

  • Can be easily confused with the KILLABEE brand
  • Doesn’t come with detachable lumbar and neck pillows like some other gaming chairs

4. KILLABEE Memory Foam Gaming Chair– Gaming Chair with Easiest Assembly

KILLABEE Gaming Chair ReviewThe KILLABEE Gaming Chair is probably the most unique item on this list. The straight-lined design and compartmentalized padding really sets it apart from traditional gaming chairs with a higher end look and finish.

Strong stitching and detailed polyurethane leather upholstery covers a padding of molded cold foam for optimal breathability and temperature control. Users report using this chair for hours and still feeling comfortable. Like the Killbee Large Gaming Chair, the KILLABEE Gaming Chair lacks adjustable lumbar and next support, but the special high-density foam padding seems to make up for it.

One common thread of non-ergonomic chairs is a straight, unmovable back, the sort that can cause discomfort if you sit for too long. In contrast, the KILLABEE Gaming Chair has a rocking function that allows the chair to move with you for better comfort. Even more impressive, this rocking function is adjustable: a knob allows changing between tough rocking (10°) and smooth rocking (20°) modes.

One thing that many reviewers of this chair point out is that it is easy to assemble; most gaming chairs take 30-40 minutes to put together out of the box, but users of the KILLABEE Gaming Chair report of assembly times of just 20 minutes or even 10 minutes. The clear instructions that are included and the numbered parts certainly help with this.

The KILLABEE Gaming Chair has a different look and different materials than many gaming chairs, but if you want something that looks a little different but is just as comfortable as the regular racing-style chair, this could be your thing.

Pros:

  • Easy assembly, as little as 10 minutes from unboxing to completion
  • Molded cold foam padding provides extra comfort
  • Adjustable rocking: choose between 10° or 20° rocking angle

Cons:

  • No lumbar or neck pillows
  • Some users report a smell in new chairs

5. SLYPNOS High-Back Gaming Chair– Budget No Frills Gaming Seat with Comfortable Seat

SLYPNOS High-Back Gaming Chair ReviewSLYPNOS’s High-Back Gaming Chair is the closest thing on this list to a generic brand. This chair has no obvious logos and is significantly cheaper than the most of the other chairs discussed here. It still contains all the basic features of an ergonomic gaming chair, so it’s a great budget option if money is tight.

The back of the High-Back Gaming Chair reclines to 135°, which is fairly average, but the seat also tilts to release back tension and allow some micro movement after long hours of gaming. A lever locks the tension . One user says that they were impressed with all the different options for adjustment.

This chair is cushioned with molded foam padding for maximum comfort– according to many owners, the padding feels great, so you don’t need to worry about this cheaper chair being built of inferior materials.

If anything does happen to your High-Back Gaming Chair, SLYPNOS puts a lifetime warranty on the frame of the chair and a 36-month warranty on parts, so the chair is essentially guaranteed a reasonable lifespan even if you use it every day. This level of guarantee is seldom found on budget gaming chairs under $200.

It should be said that this chair doesn’t have as many extra feature as some of the others on this list; there is no footrest, the armrests are fairly basic, and the back doesn’t recline as far as many others. However, if all you need is a comfortable place to sit while you work or play on your computer, this chair is more than good enough.

The SLYPNOS High-Back Computer Gaming Chair is a very affordable ergonomic gaming chair and has good warranties to support it. If you are looking for something simple but comfortable, SLYPNOS has you covered.

Pros:

  • Less expensive than every other chair on this list
  • Adjustable seat tilt to support your legs when you lean back
  • Molded foam padding provides great comfort
  • Lifetime warranty on chair frame and 36-month warranty on parts

Cons:

  • Unimpressive reclining capabilities (only 135°)
  • Quality control issues with some chairs

6. E-WIN Gaming Chair– Most Comfortable Backrest

E-WIN Gaming Chair ReviewThe E-WIN Gaming Chair is a standard racing-style gaming chair made with high-quality materials. A lot of research has gone into its ergonomic chair design, and this chair takes advantage of that knowledge with a back designed to cradle the human spine and a seat that can keep you comfortable for hours.

The seat of the E-WIN Gaming Chair is padded with a high-tech cold cure forming sponge that gives the cushion great elasticity and keeps it at a constant temperature for maximum comfort. One user wrote that this chair was even more comfortable than the high-end DXRacer chair they had.

The back of this chair has the characteristic curve of a racing-style chair, and is specially designed to support the shoulders and neck, as well as the lower back. Users report a great relief in back discomfort once they started using this chair.

Finally, the E-WIN Gaming Chair has high-quality adjustable lumbar and neck pillows to complete the comfort of using this chair. The lumbar pillow is slightly larger and flatter than most in order to support your lower back without feeling like it’s protruding too much.

A few reviews by larger users mention that this chair feels a bit small to them; the weight capacity is 330 pounds, but someone who is taller than 5’10” or 5’11” might want to look for a larger chair.

Overall, the E-WIN Gaming Chair probably tops this list for quality of materials, and also price. It’s falls just above $200 however, which is still a steal in my opinion. The workmanship of this chair makes it stand out, and in this case you get what you pay for.

Pros:

  • Temperature-wicking sponge decreases sweating potential
  • Ergonomic back design cradles the gamer spine
  • Adjustable lumbar and neck pillows provide extra ergonomic support

Cons:

  • Higher price than other chairs on this list
  • May not fit users larger than 5’11”

7. Cyrola Large Gaming Chair– Best Gaming Chair for Heavy Users

Cyrola Large Gaming Chair ReviewThe Cyrola Gaming Chair is a great chair for large people who need the next level of ergonomic support. If you’ve just read the previous review of the E-WIN Gaming Chair and are disappointed because you need a larger chair, take a look at this one.

The Cyrola Gaming Chair is even taller than the Killbee Large Gaming Chair discussed earlier: at its peak it has a height of 53.5 inches. The weight capacity is 350 pounds, and users over 300 pounds report finding this chair very sturdy and comfortable even after hours of sitting.

The seat cushion is extra thick and padded with high-density sponge to keep users from sinking in too much over time. Many users mention the nice cushion in their reviews.

Even with its large size, the Cyrola Gaming Chair still has the ability to recline all the way back to 180° if you want to lie down. Along with the built in footrest, user commented that he enjoys napping in this chair, and it can only be assumed that many others have dozed off while sitting cradled in its comfortable recline.

The Cyrola Large Gaming Chair, unlike the Killbee model mentioned earlier, has adjustable lumbar and neck pillows and as such is a strong option for any large individual looking for an budget gaming chair.

Pros:

  • Large capacity, can hold up to 350 pounds
  • Thick cushioning keeps you from sinking through the seat
  • 180° recline for napping possibilities
  • Built in footrest similar to the Respawn-110 chair above

Cons:

  • Little ventilation in back or seat
  • Quality control issues in some chairs

8. Ficmax Ergonomic Gaming Chair– Unique Electric Massaging Pillow

Ficmax Ergonomic Gaming Chair ReviewWe finish our list with the Ficmax Ergonomic Gaming Chair, a sleek model with all the features you expect at this tier and a few more. From the adjustable neck pillow to the telescopic footrest, this chair is designed to keep you supported and comfortable.

The lumbar support pillow on the Ficmax Gaming Chair is special; in addition to serving as a regular pillow, it has a vibrating massage function with two settings. Users report that the massage action was fun to use and a real plus when it came to evaluating this chair.

The seat cushion of this chair is padded with high-density foam and is a hefty 4.8 inches thick. Users have referred to this cushion as a very comfy feature, with 4.8 inches of foam that’s thicker than that found on most budget gaming chairs around $200, and amazing to sink into.

Ficmax offers excellent after-sales support on this chair: replacement or money back within 30 days, a 12 month warranty on parts, and a lifetime warranty on the frame. One user said that they found customer support to be very responsive and helpful in solving their problems.

Several reviewers have mentioned that this chair has a tendency to be squeaky, but they also say that the squeak can be fixed with a bit of WD-40 between the gas cylinder and the underside of the seat.

All in all, the Ficmax Gaming Chair is a great ergonomic gaming chair that is strong in features and backed up by good customer support. If you like the sound of extra features like the massaging lumbar support or the extendable footrest, this is the gaming chair model for you at under $200.

Pros:

  • Massaging lumbar support- two settings to vibrate your lower back
  • Extra thick cushion for long gaming sessions
  • Good after-sales support in the case of repairs and other issues

Cons:

  • Can be squeaky
  • Reclining angle can stick at times

Picking a Good Budget Gaming Chair under $200

As we reach the end of this list of best ergonomic gaming chairs under $200, it should be noted that all the chairs discussed share some of the basic qualities that make them better than standard, non-ergonomic office chairs. For example, seat and armrest height adjustment is generally expected at this level, and all of the chairs reviewed here are built, to some degree, in the racing style that is common in ergonomic gaming chairs. The features discussed here are the things that make these gaming chair gaming stand out among their peers.

If you’re upgrading, then, from a basic wooden seat or a simple mesh chair, any of the gaming chairs listed here will likely make you a lot more comfortable. As you make your buying decision, make sure that the chair you get is the right size for you and has all the features you want; as you can see, there are a lot of options, so you can likely find something that checks all your boxes, not just some.

If you’re on a tight budget, don’t be afraid to get chairs that aren’t made by huge brands; there’s no sense in paying a lot more for a brand name if you can get something almost as good or better for a lower price. However, you should be aware of reviews and of the policies for warranties and returns if the chair you choose isn’t what you expect. Most of the gaming chairs included in this guide come with very decent warranties.

Finally, be sure to value your own health and comfort when you make a decision on buying an ergonomic gaming chair. If you spend hours each day sitting at a computer, it might be worth spending more on a chair than you would on a piece of furniture you just use every now and then. There’s a reason why ergonomic chairs are becoming so popular in this modern age of computers, and an investment now could make your back thank you in the future. Hopefully this guide has been helpful, now get out there and look at some chairs!

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